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Old 13-08-17, 07:25 AM
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Virtually every day for me, as both of the fruits of my loin are multi-instrumentalists and practice frequently.
For officially organised live music events an average of approx' once every couple of weeks - circa 10% of these are acoustic.
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Old 13-08-17, 07:52 AM
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Normally between 2-5 times a week, either paid for gigs or volunteering in venues (plus the occasional paid shift!)
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Old 13-08-17, 09:20 AM
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Twice a month on average, classical unamplified performances normally in two halls, one large and one small. For sound quality in the large hall my favourite seat is along the sidewall of the Grand Circle, which means that I am sitting over the violins and any 'stereo' is up and down rather then left to right. The 'tone' of my system is very accurate and it details well.

In my opinion much of the insecurity relating to the HiFi addiction comes from the artifices of stereo reproduction, artificial reverb and mic placement, and I am tempted to go mono for my last system. I shall put this to the dealers if that happens, though I may be in for a fight.
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Old 13-08-17, 09:36 AM
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I have had a long beard and worn clean MC leathers since 1969 being shown the dealer's door many times over the years despite being quite well off! Nothing new
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Old 13-08-17, 10:22 AM
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Get to listen every day and it is all acoustic instruments, some with vocals.

Concerts and gigs - about 20-30 times a year.
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Old 13-08-17, 11:11 AM
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I am tempted to go mono for my last system. I shall put this to the dealers if that happens, though I may be in for a fight.
I am intrigued by this idea. I think it deserves a thread of it's own.

I have enjoyed 'generations' of large mono radios in our kitchen going back decades (Hacker, B&o, Roberts, Ruark ...) and would be interested in how to achieve a larger scale and higher quality - but still mono - sound with one channel (not just a stereo system with a mono button switched on).
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Old 13-08-17, 11:26 AM
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Depends how often I play my guitar.

My HiFi sounds pretty good.

In comparison.
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Old 13-08-17, 01:38 PM
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About 150 per year, including theatre, cinema on top. Mostly Wigmore Hall, Sadlers Wells, Royal Opera House. I don't consider audio a substitute for live performance, if we had the time and the money we'd go every night, but we don't have enough of either.
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Old 13-08-17, 01:56 PM
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MONO was ok in the Kay Starr and single vocalist days, in fact can sound very very good but switch out the stereo on any orchestral music and it goes flat and lifeless?
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Old 13-08-17, 02:01 PM
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Unless my own acoustic guitar fumbling counts, then hardly ever. Probably one live gig in the last 10 years or so.
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Old 13-08-17, 02:15 PM
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FWIW the sound at smaller venues is frequently mixed in mono simply because most of the audience aren't ideally placed between the speakers. The two (or more) speakers are there mainly to provide even coverage through the venue in terms of amplitude and frequency.

I'm not sure how useful the comparison between home audio and live performance is. The two are quite different in a lot of ways.
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Old 13-08-17, 04:29 PM
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I'm not sure how useful the comparison between home audio and live performance is. The two are quite different in a lot of ways.
Seconded, and not just because of the sound quality.
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Old 14-08-17, 12:08 AM
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- I find much modern kit far too bright, hyped-up and forward, listening to live classical just makes me all the more convinced the vintage Quad/BBC/Tannoy balance is the right one for me.
MY B.I.L. rehearses in his music room with his band playing 60s Shadows and CCR covers and I need ear plugs to survive the volume for long.

I think modern HiFi has a loudness treble boost built in - it just cannot achieve the volume of a live band. The bass is less boosted as that wouldn't work with a 6" mid bass in a skinny cabinet
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Old 14-08-17, 12:19 AM
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FWIW the sound at smaller venues is frequently mixed in mono simply because most of the audience aren't ideally placed between the speakers. The two (or more) speakers are there mainly to provide even coverage through the venue in terms of amplitude and frequency.

I'm not sure how useful the comparison between home audio and live performance is. The two are quite different in a lot of ways.
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Seconded, and not just because of the sound quality.
So that is you two out.
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Old 14-08-17, 12:44 AM
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I have enjoyed 'generations' of large mono radios in our kitchen going back decades (Hacker, B&o, Roberts, Ruark ...) and would be interested in how to achieve a larger scale and higher quality - but still mono - sound with one channel (not just a stereo system with a mono button switched on).
I have a Meridian F80 box which has a variable stereo width option. It has a good old fashioned valve radio sound, but punchy. Perhaps my slowly failing right ear is causing problems with conventional stereo but maybe a single big speaker would be attractive, like it was with radiograms back in the 1950s. I'm thinking single Quad ESL for instance?
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